Kate Middleton attended one of the oldest royal traditions on Monday: Order of the Garter.
The knighthood was founded by King Edward III in 1348 and the royal mother of three made her debut at the prestigious event in 2008 when she and Prince William were dating. William also received his Order of the Garter knighthood that year, so it was a memorable occasion.
Kate’s appearance during the ceremony was an important signal that she was welcomed into the royal family. Kate and William, who started together in 2003, met during their studies at the University of St. Andrews. She and William tied the knot in Westminster Abbey three years later on April 29, 2011.
During her 2008 appearance, it was clear that Kate, wearing a polka-dot black skirt and matching hat for the event, was already feeling very comfortable with William’s family while happily chatting with Prince Harry and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
The Order of the Garter Ceremony has been a constant thread throughout their relationship. Less than two months after her royal wedding, Kate appeared at the event – this time she was in the carriage with her new husband. For the 2011 ceremony, Kate wore a silver Katherine Hooker dress and matching jacket with gray suede pumps and a matching hat.
And in 2014, Kate, in a pastel-blue Christopher Kane gown, beamed at William who was caught throwing her a sweet smile as he watched her during his parade to Windsor Castle.
On Monday, Kate arrived in a black and white Catherine Walker jacket “Liza” with a Lock & Co. hat (a color scheme reminiscent of her 2008 look). Kate stood on the Galilee porch of the St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and chatted with guests who were Queen Letizia of Spain and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, while the parade of Knights passed by.
Kate missed last year’s ceremony during her maternity leave, but she all smiled as William wore velvet robes and high ostrich plumes for the annual celebration of the Order of the Garter, one of the oldest and oldest knighthood duties in the UK